NCCE holds durbar on peaceful elections

The Volta Regional Director of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mr. Ken Kponor, has challenged political parties and their members to conduct this year’s electioneering campaign in a fair and peaceful manner to avoid disturbances.

He explained that people may not be free to go about their legitimate activities when there is chaos and anarchy in the country.

“It is therefore necessary to ensure peace before, during and after the elections,” he stressed.

Mr. Kponor threw the challenge at a community durbar on peaceful elections at Agbagorme in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.

The Durbar which was organised by the NCCE was supported by the European Union (E.U) to carry out community sensitisation programmes to enhance public awareness to achieve higher voter turnout and violence-free elections at the December polls.

Mr. Kponor advised the electorate to ignore people who approach them with the intention to create disturbances during voting.

He cautioned them to go home after voting and return after the exercise to observe vote counting and declaration of results in order to ensure that peace is maintained at the polling centres.

Mr. Kponor noted that political parties that trade insults are the ones without messages and urged the electorate to take note of them.

He admonished the electorate to subject the various manifestos of political parties to thorough interrogation to ensure that when voted for their aspirations would be met.

Mr. Kponor expressed concern about apathy among some of the electorate and appealed to them not to sit on the fence but to come out and exercise their franchise to elect their leaders.

“Voting is an opportunity for each and everyone to elect a leader to govern the country, it is necessary for each and every qualified voter to be part of the exercise,” he added.

Togbe Adzrawusu, Presiding Member of South Tongu District Assembly commended the NCCE for the initiative and urged all political parties and their supporters to observe all rules and regulations relating to the political parties’ code of conduct on elections and the maintenance of public order.

Mr. Oral-Robert Amenyo, South Tongu District Director of NCCE, observed that one of the key indicators of democracy and good governance is credible elections which must be conducted in a free, fair, transparent and peaceful manner.

He advised the electorate to correct the mistakes of the past so as to minimise rejected and spoilt ballot papers during the December elections.

Togbe Nakakpo Dugbaza, Fiaga of Tefle traditional area and Chairman of Inter Party Dialogue Committee {IPDC} asked the electorate to take the electoral process serious and avoid unnecessary confrontations at the polls.

He noted that “it is rather sad that we vote for personalities without thoroughly interrogating their campaign messages, so take a careful look at the messages before you make a choice”.

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